Obituaries

Helen G. Steele, 92

Helen G. Steele, 92, of Georgetown, Del., passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Harrison House in Georgetown. She was born in Laurel, Del., on Feb. 26, 1925, to the late Emory and Sally Dorman Foskey.

Lawrence Emmett ‘Larry’ Stein, 91

Lawrence Emmett “Larry” Stein, 91, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, May 12, 2017. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 24, 1925, to the late Samuel “Pop” Stein and Jessie “Jim” (Goodman) Stein.

Thomas Bruce Warner, 83

Thomas Bruce Warner, 83, of Ocean View, Del., passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Gates, N.Y., on June 9, 1933, son of the late William J. Warner and Matilda E. (Ehmann) Warner.

Donald F. Weisbrod, 80

Donald F. Weisbrod, 80, of Selbyville, Del., died Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late Francis Weisbrod and Mary (Flanagan) Weisbrod.

Timothy J. Munro, 68

Timothy J. Munro, 68, of Selbyville, Del., died Sunday, May 14, 2017, at home. He was born in Bellingham, Wash., and was the son of the late Sterling S. Munro and Dorothea (Spears) Munro.

Carlton Ray Adams Jr., 55

Carlton Ray Adams Jr., 55, of Georgetown, Del., passed away May 3, 2017, at his home. He was born in Milford, Del., on Jan. 29, 1962, to Carlton Ray Adams Sr. and Clara Louise (Swain) Wootten.

Ronald W. Benton, 63

Ronald W. Benton, 63, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Bear, Del., passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., after a long struggle with multiple sclerosis. He was born in Wilmington, Del., on Jan. 2, 1954, son of the late William R. Benton and Audrey (Richardson) Benton.

Frederick James ‘Fred’ Downs

Frederick James “Fred” Downs, 57, of Lewes, Del., passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 4, 2017. He was born Sept. 28, 1959, in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late Frederick James Downs and Nancy Pinto Downs.

Charles Edward Graves, 89

Charles Edward Graves, 89, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Wilmington, Del., and Florida, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Friday, May 5, 2017. He was born in Ashland, Del., on Feb. 3, 1928, to the late Lemuel and Viola Edler Graves.

Nancy J. Hobbes, 85

Nancy Jersin Hobbes, 85, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at her residence, surrounded by her loving family and in the care of Compassionate Care Hospice. She was born Nov. 21, 1931, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Harold E. and Helen Kathryn Watson Jersin.

Raymond A. Hughes, 72

Raymond A. Hughes, 72, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Malvern, Pa., passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born Sept. 26, 1944, in Bryn Mawr, Pa., a son of the late Carroll Hughes and Helen Davis Hughes.

Janis Elizabeth McKinney, 91

Janis Elizabeth McKinney, 91, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

She is survived by two sons, Stevan Mark McKinney and Randall Wade McKinney; a sister, Anna Tyser; five grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Services and burial were private. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

Henry J. Ratcliffe, 74

Henry J. Ratcliffe, 74, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Baltimore City, Md., passed away on May 8, 2017, at his home. He was born June 27, 1942, in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Henry M. Ratcliffe and Kathleen A. (Slaysman) Ratcliffe.

Sharon C. Rogers 65

Sharon C. Rogers, 65, of Selbyville, Del., passed away quietly at her residence on May 3, 2017. She was born in Gumboro, Del., on Oct. 6, 1951.

Irene Phyllis Hammond (Tindley) Blake, 83

Irene Phyllis Hammond (Tindley) Blake, 83, of Bishopville, Md., bid farewell to the earthy world and went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. At the time of her death, she was residing in Newark, Del., with her “baby girl,” who was by her side as she abandoned this temporary home for her eternal dwelling. Blake was born at home in Bishopville on Feb. 18, 1934.

Phyllis ‘Dolly’ Browning, 84

Phyllis “Dolly” Browning, 84, died in the loving company of family in Leesburg, Va., on April 25, 2017. She was born on Oct. 3, 1932, in Ephrata, Pa., to Morse Brossman Sr. and Alzenia Brossman.

William C. ‘Bill Calvin’ Hudson, 82

William C. “Bill Calvin” Hudson, 82, of Gumboro, Del., passed away peacefully in the care and comfort of his family and the staff from the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del., on Friday, April 28, 2017. He was born in Bishop, Md., to the late Calvin P. Hudson and Naoma K. Day Hudson.

Donald George ‘Don’ Meyer, 73

Donald George “Don” Meyer, 73, of Harbeson, Del., formerly of Medway, Mass., passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Watertown, Wis., son of George E. Meyer & Lois (Gottschalk) Meyer.

Anna Marie (Batter) Stanaitis,

Anna Marie (Batter) Stanaitis, 91, of Delaware and formerly of Aston, Pa., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. She was born on March 14, 1926, in New Philadelphia, Pa., to Stanley and Helen Batter.

Anna Lee Toomey, 83

Anna Lee Toomey, 83, of Gumboro, Del., passed away peacefully in the care and comfort of her family and the staff of the Delaware Hospice Center. Toomey was born in Grundy, Va., on May 1, 1933, to the late Allen and Mary Anderson.

Carl Edward Williams, 79

Carl Edward Williams, 79, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Harrison Senior Living. He was born in Scranton, Pa., on Thursday, July 29, 1937, son of the late Hayden Williams and Margaret (Weibel) Williams.

Joseph Thomas Carmody, 37

Joseph Thomas Carmody, 37, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of Chevy Chase, Md., passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at home. He was born in Virginia on Jan. 28, 1980, son of the late Kevin William Carmody and Barbara Jane (McCloskey) Carmody.

George Robert ‘Bob’ Downer, 86

George Robert “Bob” Downer, 86, was born Jan. 7, 1931, in a blizzard in Buffalo, N.Y., and died April 5, 2017.

Dominick A. ‘Nick’ Esposito, 82

Dominick A. “Nick” Esposito, 82, passed away peacefully at home near Millsboro, Del., on April 18, 2017, after a brief illness. He was born in Wilmington, Del., to Louis Esposito and Vincentia (Scarmozzi) Esposito.

William J. Fitzgerald, 83

William J. Fitzgerald, 83, of Lewes, Del., passed away on April 19, 2017, at home.

He was an Army veteran and a lifelong member of the AMVETS, as well as a past commander. He loved fishing, golfing and enjoying time with his loving family and friends.

Richard T. ‘Rick’ Frisby Jr., 72

Richard T. “Rick” Frisby Jr., 72, of Bethany Beach, Del., formerly of West Chester, Pa., passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in West Chester, Pa., on Aug. 3, 1944, son of the late Richard T. Frisby Sr. and Gertrude Marie (McMenamin) Frisby.

Richard Gros, 67

Richard Gros, 67, passed away at his home on Dec. 24, 2016. Born in Passaic, N.J., on Sept. 29, 1949, he was the son of the late John Gros and Augusta Veenema.

Gros married Linda Frey on Feb. 26, 1972, and to their union three children were born: Richard Gros Jr., and Christopher and Daniel Gros.

Patricia W. Hummer, 89

Patricia W. “Pat” Hummer, 89, of Seaford, Del., formerly of Frankford, Del., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Methodist Manor House in Seaford. She was born in Flemington, Pa., on June 20, 1927, daughter of the late John David Walker and Goldie (Knarr) Walker.

Anne Margaret McPaul, 64

Anne Margaret McPaul, 64, of Ocean View, Del., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, April 17, 2017, at her home. She was born in Bedford, England, on Sept. 18, 1952, daughter of the late George Mortimer McPaul and Sarah Meikle (Russell) McPaul.

Thomas ‘Tom’ Neary, 88

Thomas “Tom” Neary, 88, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Linthicum, Md., passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. He was born in Salisbury, Md., on Oct. 24, 1928, son of the late Thomas Francis Neary and Edna M. (Bailey) Neary.

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